One of our 16 collaborators from South Africa, ceramicist Anthony Shapiro shares some insight into his collection for west elm…
What inspires you?
I am inspired by contemporary design and architecture — and by nature. I love forests and beaches and the colours and textures of both.
How would you describe your work?
Simple, clean, contemporary, classical.
Tell us about the scale of your pieces for west elm. What inspires their shape and size? How do you envision them being used?
They were inspired by totem poles and extended simplified ‘African’ pots kind of piled on top of each other. I like tall pieces and my only size restriction is the size of my kiln. I see them grouped together at a table or pedestal as a still life type installation.
Where do you like to work?
I have a beautiful studio in Cecelia Forest at the top of Constantia Nek in Cape Town and I feel really close to nature and amazingly peaceful there.
Who are your favorite artists and designers?
I love Paul Klee for his simplicity and use of colour, I admire William Kentridge and love the shadows and intelligence in his approach. My ceramic hero is Geert Lap for his simple but beautiful forms.
What’s your approach to decorating?
Less is more.
SHOP ANTHONY SHAPIRO + WEST ELM